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Health Innovation Blog

Welcome to the Health Innovation Blog! The intention of this blog is provide a platform for staff, students and community members to discuss innovative ideas to address health system challenges and gaps.

The views expressed in these blogs are the opinions of their authors, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Centre.


Jun 12, 2017

Creating mutually beneficial partnerships between the health systems of developed economies and developing countries

This blog reflects on the need to create mutually beneficial partnerships between developed economies and developing countries/economies in transition and the need for these partnerships to utilize the concept of shared value.
May 24, 2017

Big data in Electronic Health Records, and what physicians can do to help

Despite the large amount of data stored in them, electronic health records (EHR) have yet to realize their full potential in improving care for patients. In response to earlier government incentives in switching to health record systems, physicians now have a strong role to play.
May 9, 2017

A call for Canadian leadership: Addressing public safety and the fentanyl crisis

The opioid crisis has dominated the Western Canadian news cycle for the better part of 2016. Immediate action is required to protect the unsuspecting, and frequently marginalized population of illicit drug users at risk.
Apr 24, 2017

A Seat at the table: A case study in publicly funded eating disorder programming

After having visited Sheena's Place, a not-for-profit in Toronto, Victoria Wiebe, provides a follow-up post to her initial blog entitled "Canada Needs To Invest In Its Publicly Funded Eating Disorder Programs."
Apr 10, 2017

The future of medicine: Looking beyond the next four years

When comparing the current Patients First strategy with similar documents from previous administrations, the findings and ‘vision’ look very similar. Therefore, a vision for the health care system needs to look beyond a four year political cycle.
Mar 3, 2017

Establishing support strategies for Canadian caregivers

With a growing seniors’ population generating a tremendous need for informal caregivers, current assistance programs need to be enhanced and new policies established to effectively meet the needs of informal care providers.​
Feb 13, 2017

Housing for health: Why social housing is imperative to improving Aboriginal health conditions

The solutions to the housing crisis in First Nations Metis and Inuit communities may lie within local, non-profit organizations, but ultimately, funding must come from the government.
Jan 30, 2017

Improving musculoskeletal injury care in the emergency room

Musculoskeletal injuries are one of the primary causes for ER visits in Canada. The diagnosis and treatment of these injuries can be time consuming for ER physicians. Integrating physiotherapists in the ER to aid this process could free up physicians’ time and allot patients more medical attention.
Jan 11, 2017

Referral communications must place “Patients First”

Healthcare providers can provide treatments that are tailored to their patient's needs when they know their patient’s complete health story.
Dec 13, 2016

Creating stand-alone surgical clinics

In Ontario, a major issue facing the healthcare system is long wait times for elective surgeries. These wait times arise because the provincial government limits the funding each hospital receives for surgical procedures, which restricts the number of surgeries each hospital can profitably perform.